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One in six maths Sats reviews successful

And English reading Sats have the highest proportion of requests for scores to be reviewed

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And English reading Sats have the highest proportion of requests for scores to be reviewed

More than one in six requests for reviews of maths tests in this year’s key stage 2 Sats have been successful, according to new data from the Department for Education.

A report published this morning shows that 17.9 per cent of review applications for maths were successful.

This means the review corrected a discrepancy between the original marking and the mark scheme, and resulted in a change that led to the pupil either achieving the expected standard, not meeting the expected standard, or a change of two or more marks to the raw score.

For English reading, 11.2 per cent of applications for review were successful, while the figure for the spelling, punctuation and grammar (Spag) test was 14.3 per cent.

The numbers of applications for test scores reviewed in previous years are not comparable with the latest figures because the criteria for successful reviews has changed.

In 2018, review applications were made for 1 per cent of total tests taken at key stage 2.

English had the highest proportion of review applications, amounting to 2.1 per cent of all tests taken.

In contrast, the Spag test had the fewest review applications: 0.3 per cent of tests taken.

The figure for maths was 0.6 per cent.

A DfE spokesperson said: "Pupils, parents and schools expect these tests to be marked fairly and accurately. This data shows that in over 99 per cent of cases that is the case.

"The number of tests being reviewed has dropped again this year – despite the number of pupils taking tests rising – and we will continue to improve the standard of marking at key stage 2.”

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